• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Oncology Business Unit

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • My placement year at MSD was thoroughly enjoyable and my team were so supportive of my development and great to work with


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My manager and colleagues in my team provided the opportunity for me to lead on many different projects as well as shadow and work with them during my time at the company. Everyone is so friendly and I was able to work collaboratively across other teams to add value.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I had lots of support, from my team, even more so through COVID-19. I had regular 1:1s with my manager, team members and also development discussions with key stakeholder.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • At times, I had lots of work but I thrive on this and prefer it! It gave me the opportunity to gain experiences in several areas and a deeper understanding of the industry.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • There was opportunities and initiates I was able to lead and implement on during my placement but I still had the support and guidance from my team and manager to ensure I was on the right path to meet my objective and have the best results when I needed.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • My placement has not just developed my competencies as a professional but taught me more about who I am and my values, particularly how I really value inclusivity and positive culture, which the company strongly advocates. This will benefit me throughout life and ensure I can have a positive impact in my work and studies!


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • 4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • We received an induction as well as tutorials on CVs, personal branding and public speaking which were really beneficial. At the end of our placement we had an end of year presentation to reflect on our year.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was able to travel abroad and attend meetings, congress' and so much more!! I understanding of the industry was really broadened as a result.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have the opportunity to apply for positions and graduate schemes after my placement also.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


1st September 2020

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